Collar or harness? Your pet chooses...

10 de Mayo 2022

There are several things to keep in mind when choosing a harness or collar for our pets. Either of the two options is valid, and at Freedog we have a wide range of possibilities, all of them with high quality materials, so that your furry friend is comfortable, safe and with the most innovative designs. To know what is better for them, you must take into account factors such as their weight, size, character or how they behave during the walk. Thus, you will find the option that best suits your pet and you will be able to enjoy 100% of your walks together.

Pros and cons of dog collars

Advantages of collars:

Collars are one of the simplest products for dogs. They are easy to put on, to maintain, and ideal to put an identifier with the name of the dog and the contact telephone number of its master.
There are also many options of collars, narrower, wider, and different materials that will make your dog as comfortable as possible.

  • Collars provide more control and require less physical force than harnesses, but it always depends on the type and size of the dog.

  • Many trainers recommend starting to educate the dog with a collar, to maintain control at all times.

  • The variety of styles and materials available makes them easy to put on and take off, comfortable for your dog, attractive and durable.

Cons of collars:
  • There are breeds of dogs such as greyhounds that have a wider neck than the head. That’s when there is a risk that, if the adjustment of the is too loose, it is possible that the dog can escape. It is then when wider collars or harnesses are recommended for a total and safer support of the animal.

  • There are also dogs that are not used to the collar, that do not adapt and for them it is uncomfortable. It is advisable to try several types of collar or change to the harness.

  • Depending on the breed of dog, especially those who have more strength or are more moved, collars can provide control and safety, but can also contribute to back pain, throat damage and other discomfort.

  • Finally, older dogs may be more comfortable with a harness, as the collar can cause discomfort and back pain.

Are you thinking of buying a collar for your dog? Which one to choose?

Make sure you select the right size for your dog. You’ll know what fits if you can slip a finger between your dog’s skin and the collar (for small dogs) or if you can place two fingers between your dog’s skin and the collar (for large breed dogs).
Warning: Avoid so-called corrective collars, such as choke collars and barbed collars, which can cause neck injuries, pain, and even strangulation.


The Pros and Cons of Dog Harnesses

Advantages of harness:

Are you looking to buy a harness instead of a collar for your dog? Some of the advantages of harness are:

  • In general, it is more comfortable for the dog.

  • It helps prevent it from escaping and is useful for those who do not know how to walk with a collar.

  • Helps prevent injury in small dogs that are more likely to pull on the leash.

  • Avoid pulling, if a harness with a front loop is used. Helps relieve back pain.

  • The harness is better than a collar for dogs suffering from tracheal collapse (a dry cough often triggered by excitement, exercise or extreme temperatures).

Cons of harness:
  • It may be a little more difficult to put on and take off.

  • It may require more physical strength than walking the dog with a traditional collar, depending on the size of the dog.

  • It can be uncomfortable when it’s hot and running.

  • Harnesses that clip onto the back can help train your dog to pull, the exact opposite of what you want.

Are you thinking of buying a collar for your dog? Which one to choose?

As with buying collars, you’ll need to make sure you select the right size harness for your dog. A well-fitting harness allows one finger to slide between the dog’s skin and the harness for small dogs and two for larger ones.

Sometimes it is common to have doubts about which accessory to choose for your dog. On the Freedog website you can find all the options and choose the color and size that best suits your beloved pet.


Contact us to answer any questions and we will be happy to attend!


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